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The Electrification Sensation Likely Won’t Stop With The Mach-E

Electric Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang Lithium Concept. Photo copyright

The Ford Mustang Mach-E was revealed earlier this week, and the internet is still fighting about it. On one end, the Mach-E stands as an outright blasphemy to the muscle car community, as it is both an EV and a crossover, with an iconic pony badge embossed front and center. On the other, it signals the expansion of the Mustang name as a brand, and could be the necessary evil to keep the high-octane spirit of the pony car intact otherwise, as regulations from China, the USA and Europe threaten the very existence of the internal combustion engine. Now comes the premise of an electric Ford Mustang coupe. Are we doomed?

The news comes from Greek automotive outlet 4Troxoi (Four Wheels), quoting company president Bill Ford Jr. himself, who gave the media scrum the ever-neutral “never say never” when it comes to the notion of bringing an electric Mustang Coupe to market. In other words – the actual Ford Mustang pony car – could soon offer an electric variant.

Such a vehicle was teased by Ford via the Mustang Lithium Concept at the 2019 SEMA Show earlier this month. The electric pony car is pictured. To punch through all of the pony car performance postings from various tuning companies, Ford and its partner Webasto equipped the Mustang Lithium Concept with an 800-volt battery system, which discharges an incredible 900 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. To put it another way, this electric Ford Mustang eclipses both the Mustang Jack Roush Edition and the Shelby American Mustang GT500 Dragon Snake, which were announced that same week.

Should the company offer an electric Ford Mustang, it likely won’t spell the doom of its high-octane gasoline offerings anytime soon. The Mustang’s S550 platform was indeed designed with some form of electrification in mind. Though with the recent launch of the 760 horsepower, 5.2L supercharged V8 fire-breather that is the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, it’s hard to imagine the muscle car world being left with synthetic noises, silent quarter miles, and a sterilized simulacrum of what was once more raw and real. We’d like to speculate that an electric Ford Mustang would co-exist alongside a more market-driven lineup that focuses on the internal combustion engine in the not-too-distant future. Which is something that Chevrolet doesn’t seem to be willing to do with the Camaro.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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